THE TOWER AND THE TOWN by Grace Campbell


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The town of Craskie and the first years of Rorie Munro's pastorship of St. David's form a story of heartening Christian principles. For Rorie, ex-physicist and ex-flyer, had a strong call and determined to live the faith he preached and saw its rewards in the lives of his parishioners. There were the Blaines and the saving of their marriage; there was -- after long battle -- the reclamation of the Flats and the underprivileged there; the unexpected results of an imported evangelist; the Ackroyds with their business and family troubles; the problems of the old minister's wife, Mrs. Airlie; the constant vigilance over an old drunk and a mental case; the necessity to combat the resistance of the Doigsons and others....And there was Jessica, widowed, and her son -- Jessica who made the perfect minister's wife with her warm sympathy and rare intelligence, and who, with the death of their own son, precipitated a crisis which made the parish firm in its support of Rorie. There is wise and nice humor here, definite practical spiritual atmosphere in really human terms-all in all one of the few books which can be recommended for a conservative market. This does not mean, however, that it is in any way anaemic.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1949
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce